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Recommended Reading Page

Those of you who follow me on twitter have likely already seen me talk about it, but I’ve added a page for books that I particularly recommend.

In short, I thought the Post Highlights and Review Index page had a shortcoming in that it doesn’t indicate which books I’ve reviewed are ones that I’d actually recommend. For the recommended reading list I broadened the scope a bit, so it covers the books that I’d recommend more-or-less universally to any educated person who asks.

So next time you’re looking for something to read and would like some suggestions, check it out.…

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A Change in Schedule

I consider myself an honest man, so by no means did I lie to you about publishing a post every week; it’s just that I wrote a cheque I couldn’t cash. I actually did have something last week that wasn’t posted, and that was because quality control stepped in – the post I had planned just wasn’t very good. As I said on twitter, my blogging policy is, “Do you want it done fast or do you want it done right?”

Anyway, it turns out that weekly updates on a book blog that you run alone isn’t really feasible if you’re going to read anything of any significant length, even if one occasionally strays off-topic. From here on out, I’ll just publish new posts as they’re ready, which theoretically should mean more time to polish each review and thus, posts will be fewer but better. I recommend subscribing to the blog’s RSS feed, though I also promote new posts on my twitter account.

There will be a new post tomorrow, on Shakespeare’s 3 Henry VI.

So, my apologies for the delays, but thanks for reading. If it makes you feel any better, here’s something beautiful to look at, a painting by James Tissot of a couple of weeaboos:


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A Preface to 2016

A man is more likely to pursue his goals seriously if he makes a public commitment, and since some of my goals for this year concern this blog I thought I’d go ahead and offer this “preface” for 2016.

First, I plan to publish a new post every week, as I did from late 2011 through early 2013. This weekly schedule was difficult at times, but the routine was satisfying for me and should also, I think, give you the readers something to look forward to more regularly. To start, this will likely be every Tuesday, though that will be subject to change depending on how my schedule changes during the year. If possible I’ll try to post multiple times in a week, so subscribing to the RSS feed may be a good idea if you just cannot stand the thought of missing out, but for now I’ll only guarantee that one Tuesday post (or your money back!).

This schedule will be a bit difficult, since I mostly review books which, of course, vary wildly in length, so I’ll start the year with a few short books that I can review and schedule out, and write up a couple of evergreen posts to fill any gaps that come up. Once I have a comfortable buffer, though, I plan on doing sticking to (mostly) syntopical reading.

The primary goal will be to finish the books I have on the War Between the States. I did one book last year, Trudeau’s biography of Robert E. Lee, but I’m currently working on Shelby Foote’s The Civil War: A Narrative, which will be followed by Jefferson Davis’s The Rise of the Confederate Government and its follow-up The Fall of the Confederate Government, Raphael Semmes’s Memoirs of a Service Afloat During the War Between the States, and a couple more biographies. Unfortunately, these are all very long, hence the concern with a “buffer” I just mentioned.

Second, I’ll be going through all of Shakespeare’s works, which I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. These will be scattered throughout the year, though, rather than one after another.

Beyond that, I would like to go through a number of Greek classics, as well as the many books by, and about, Ezra Pound that I own. There are also a lot of odds and ends, of course, that I’ll get to as time permits – mostly more books, but also whatever movies, games, and such that I think are worth writing about.

So, those are the goals. Blogging year 2016 will officially start next Tuesday, and as always, thanks for reading.…

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2015: The Other Side of Agincourt

2014 was the year in which it all came tumbling down, tumbling down, tumbling down, and though I was somewhat optimistic that 2015 would be better, I assumed that the best days of this blog would remain in 2012.

In fact, this was, by far, the best year ever for Everything is Oll Korrect! If 2013 was Agincourt from the French perspective, 2015 was Agincourt from the English. Not only in terms of the quantity of posts, but also, if I may say so myself, the quality (though this was a bit more uneven than in the past, because of the large number of books I set myself to review). Views are also up over 50% over last year, which had been marginally the best ever in terms of views. Everything is still far from being a high-traffic blog, but I can at least say with a straight face that I have a readership of some kind.

The primary reason for this was the 75 Book Challenge, which I successfully completed. Completed via a somewhat bush league contingency plan, but finished nonetheless. None of these were very long and the quality varied a bit; in a few cases I think it’s not hard to tell that I was just punching in a review to get it over with so I could move on to the next one in a timely manner. Also, since I’d committed to writing something about every book, I couldn’t be as selective as I’d like, so in some cases I simply didn’t have much to say about the book in question. The variety of books read also meant that the scope of this blog broadened considerably from the already unfocused “fiction” to being, well, simply a bibliophile’s journal.

Which, honestly, is fine. For one thing, broadening my subject matter meant broadening the audience, and some posts have been linked from political blogs and twitter accounts that would not otherwise have found Everything relevant. Also, the bibliophile’s journal concept is what I originally envisioned for Everything when I first decided to start taking it seriously. From now into the foreseeable future, I’ll be writing about whatever I happen to be reading, with occasional forays into editorials and the odd movie or whatever. I will, however, be more selective about what I discuss.…

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New Project: On the Origin of Fire…

Today, I’ve published a new project, On the Origin of Fire..., which will collect essays I’ve written that are either too long or off-topic for this blog. Yes, blog title aside, not quite everything is oll korrect for here.

Right now, the main attraction is my Commentary on Dante’s Monarchia. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it. Further updates will be announced on my twitter account, and on this blog, as well.…

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2014: It All Comes Tumbling Down, Tumbling Down, Tumbling Do~wn

So, if 2013 was the Agincourt of weblogging, 2014 was The Battle of Little Bighorn.

Not that I feel too sorry for myself – I had thought early in the year that I’d rather spend time on other things than web logging, though I did expect to get up more than ten posts. At least most of them turned out fairly well, including a couple retrospectives, one on serial experiments lain and another on Neon Genesis Evangelion. Speaking of Evangelion, I also wrote about the January theatrical release of Evangelion 3.0, which still hasn’t come out on glorious blu-rei. I also shared my thoughts on the other big anime theatrical release this year, The Wind Rises, which has come out on home video; based on my re-watch of the film on blu-ray, I think these early impressions still stand.

Among the normal review posts, I actually wrote about a few live-action films, which is unusual. The best of these was probably The Chekist; I also came up with a sequel of sorts to the Uncle Walt-a-thon with The Jungle Book, and wrote about the strangest book I read this year, Uzumaki.…

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2013: The Agincourt of Weblogging

That’s Agincourt from the French perspective, as last year’s success turned out to be shorter-lived than I expected.

Well, maybe “Agincourt” is an exaggeration, but it’s been a lousy year for me on all fronts. Leaving aside personal stuff, post quality was less even than I’d like, and update consistency fell apart in the second half of the year. I do seem to have gotten back on track now, though, and there were some good points throughout the year, so here’s the highlight reel for Everything Is Oll Korrect! in 2013.…

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2012: An OK Year in Review

So, with only two weeks left in the year, I thought I’d take a look back and share some thoughts on how Everything is Oll Korrect! fared in 2012, and share some of what I consider the best, or at least most interesting, posts of the last year.

Overall, the blog fared pretty well. It is, by far, the most successful year yet for Everything. Post quality has evened out, at least in my admittedly biased but self-critical opinion, and for the first time I can claim with a straight face that I update regularly. There’s been a post every week except two, in late March and late November. A few weeks had two posts, making my average just above one update per week. I also had more views and comments than ever before, though this is still far from a popular blog.

Now, I don’t go back and re-read my old posts very often, but for the end of the  year I did go through the archives and come up with what I think are the highlights of 2012.…

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A Few Thoughts About ‘Everything’ and its Future

As I’ve mentioned before, when I first began this blog I intended to take an academic approach and post mainly essays and commentaries on works of literature and religion. Even after I started blogging seriously, the only result are a couple lackluster posts on Mishima Yukio, Confucius, and maybe one or two other things that even I can’t remember anymore. The best idea I’ve had for Everything Is Oll Korrect! was changing focus to sharing my impressions on individual works, essentially a reading or viewing journal.…

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